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Early Childhood Educator (Diploma Qualified)


Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


About the Centre/Service

St Johns Kindergarten is located in Melbourne’s Bayside community of Sandringham, offering both three and four year old preschool kindergarten programs which incorporate both traditional and bush kinder within its curriculum. Our kindergarten is a non-profit community kindergarten and has a long history of providing quality early childhood education. Our program is play based and derived from holistic approaches and governmental guidelines, the National Quality Standards and Early Years Learning Frameworks. We aim to create an emotionally safe, happy environment, where each child and family has a strong sense of belonging.St Johns Kindergarten is managed by a Kindergarten Committee of Management (COM), consisting of voluntary positions.


This role is working in a teaching team of 3, with a 3yo kinder group for an extended day session. The successful applicant will:

  • Assist with the development and provision of a quality, developmentally appropriate program for the children. This program is to be developed in consultation with the committee, the parents of children attending and the early childhood teacher/AGL in charge of the program and be responsive to the needs of the community.
  • Work cooperatively as a member of a team to provide a developmentally appropriate program.
  • Operate in a professional manner at all times and ensure that the service meets the requirements of the Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010 (National Law), Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011 (Regulations), relevant curriculum framework, Quality Improvement Plan and policies and procedures of the service.

Organisational relationships The Educator is responsible to the early childhood teacher/AGL on a day-to-day basis for assisting in the implementation of the program and is accountable to the committee of management (employer). General responsibilities

  • Be responsible to the committee, in partnership with the early childhood teacher/AGL, for planning and delivering developmentally appropriate programs for the children in the group/s in which they are working.
  • Fulfil the requirements of the position of Nominated Supervisor or a person in day-to-day charge if required and in accordance with the requirements of the Regulations.
  • Act in accordance with the authority delegated by the committee, in dealing with situations of an urgent nature that require immediate action, in order for the service to comply with the National Law and Regulations and OHS.
  • Assist in ensuring the program operates within the requirements of the Regulations, the Act, the Quality Improvement Plan and policies and procedures of the service.
  • Operate within the limits of the service budget allocation and financial policies and procedures of the service.
  • Encourage enrolments and provide written information to parents/guardians as appropriate, in accordance with the enrolment policy and procedures.
  • Respect the confidentiality of information relating to parents and children and comply with the service’s privacy policy.
  • Be responsible for sharing the housekeeping tasks of preparation, hygiene, safety and packing away with other staff related to the program.
  • Be actively involved in the development and implementation of the Quality Improvement Plan of the service.
  • Work cooperatively with the committee of management (employer) and all staff to ensure the service operates in a safe work environment and that employees adhere to all service OHS safety procedures
  • Other duties as directed by the committee.

Specific responsibilities Children

  • Assist in the planning and implementation, in consultation with the early childhood teacher/AGL, parents and other educators, of culturally rich and welcoming learning environments and activities which are appropriate to the developmental needs and interests of all children including the provision of an accessible and inclusive program for children with a disability.
  • Assist in developing, recording and maintaining, in partnership with the early childhood teacher/AGL, specific records of individual children.
  • Assist in the provision of a safe, healthy and welcoming environment
  • Working with all staff to ensure that children are adequately supervised at all times


  • Assist in the orientation of new families to the service
  • Support the participation of parents in the program.


  • As part of a highly functioning and cohesive team, facilitate effective communication and assist in the day-to-day supervision of relevant staff/volunteers performing duties in the program for which the educator is working.
  • Participate in regular performance reviews
  • Ensure Child Safe Standards are followed at all times.
  • Participate in discussions with relevant early childhood support services and other professional services and organisations within the community as required.
  • Attend staff meetings, within rostered hours of work as directed by the early childhood teacher/AGL


  • Work in a cooperative manner with the committee, ensuring open communication on all issues pertainingto employment, management, finances, program and regulatory requirements of the service.
  • Assist with written reports concerning the overall operation of [insert name of group/s] for the committeeas required.
  • Attend committee meetings as required.
  • Attend meetings outside the rostered hours, or away from the workplace, as required by the committee, with appropriate notice and remuneration in accordance with the relevant industrial agreement/award.
  • Report to the early childhood teacher/AGL/nominated supervisor and/or committee (as relevant) on both urgent and on-going maintenance requirements of the service.


Essential requirements

  • Hold an approved Diploma of Children’s Services pursuant to the National Law and Regulations (or be working towards a qualification in accordance with the Regulations).
  • Be able to fill the position Nominated Supervisor or person in a leadership position or day-to-day charge if required by the Approved Provider in accordance with the Regulations.
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check (or equivalent).
  • Hold and maintain an approved:
    • first aid qualification
    • emergency asthma management qualification
    • management of anaphylaxis qualification

in accordance with the Education and Care Services National Regulations and service policies Specialist skills and knowledge

  • An understanding and knowledge of early childhood development relevant to the level of qualification and position
  • Ability to assist in the provision of a developmentally appropriate program for the children; in partnership with the early childhood teacher/AGL and parents
  • An ability to plan, reflect, work and manage time effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Reasonable knowledge and understanding of the National Law and Regulations

Interpersonal skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively with staff, parents and professionals.
  • Work in a cooperative, flexible and professional manner with children, parents, staff, other professionals and the committee.
  • Well-developed self-motivation skills and initiative.

Sandringham, VIC

Education, Childcare & Training


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